Womens health is not just for women, as we are all interconnected. Partners, friends, siblings, husbands and children can all be affected by womens wellbeing, especially when it involves issues such as pain, , poor sleep, mood disorders and infertility.
At Newtown Acupuncture Centre, we believe in an integrated approach to women's health. Imaging and lab results are all excellent tools to understand better your health and allow you to make informed decisions about the best way forward. We encourage you to utilise the strengths of different approaches and also to be proactive with lifestyle, diet and emotional wellbeing for better outcomes.
WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES DISCUSSED
(inc PCOS, anovulation, anemia)
Heavy Bleeding (menorrhagea) (talk about fibroids)
A Chinese medicine approach
Boobs, melons breasts - how can we love you best!
Breast Pain & Lumps
According to Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, Breast cancer is the most common cancer for Kiwi women and it affects 1/9 New Zealand women over their lifetime. If we find a lump on the breast, how can we not have a small freak out! For a good overview about breast lumps see Health Navigator, here we will be discussing non-cancerous breast lumps and/ or pain from a Chinese medicine perspective. If you want to know more about how we support those with cancer, see our page here.
According to Traditional Chinese medicine, there are broad patterns that tend to increase breast lumps and / or pain
1. Imbalanced hormones (stress, genetic predisposition, lifestyle)
2. Metabolism issues and stagnation of fluids causing cysts
3.Underactive hormonal responses (such as estrogen or progesterone)
Your practitioner will take a history of your menstrual cycle, other signs and symptoms your body is expressing and lifestyle to determine what the key issues are.
It is thought that the fluid metabolism and detoxification pathways are easily blocked around the breast with all it's hormonally responsive fluctuations, causing an accumulation in the form of fatty lumps. Others may have a genetic predisposition to breast lumps, which would be qualified by their family history.
Lymphatic system - Breasts are surrounded by lymph glands, and keeping this system as healthy as possible is one of our recommendations.
1. Use deoderants with less chemicals to reduce lymphatic system work. Salt crystal or baing soda based deoderants are effective and natural deoderants.
2. Do exercises that encourage movement of the axilla (under arm) and shoulder girlde, encouraging movement of the local lymphatic system there. (swimming, tennis, badminton, yoga etc)
3. Lymphatic or gentle self massage to manually encourage circulation around the breast area.
Stress reduction - Stress is a normal part of life, however chronic stress, without good habits to relieve it can have surprising systemic consequences. In Chinese medicine, it is considered one of the key indicators for breast lumps.
1. Acupuncture, massage and Chinese herbal therapy can be used to induce relaxation and treat stress related conditions.
2. Exercise - you know it. (check out our yoga and martial arts classes here
3. Eat nutritious foods and take time to enjoy each meal.
4. Set boundaries around work and commitments.
Tendency to slow metabolism - If you feel like you put weight on easily, tend to fluid accumulation, low energy, low mood and breast lumps, you may benefit from our traditional diagnostic approach.
1. Eat more warm and cooked foods
2.Try ginger grated into hot water as a tea.
3. Keep warm, avoid exposure to cold
Perimenopause and menopause can be really challenging for some women. If you suspect you are menopausal, your doctor may order a blood test to check your levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen. During menopause, your FSH levels increase and your estrogen levels decrease. Acupuncture and some herbal preparations have been shown to be helpful with some of the symptoms of menopause. Treatments are taylored to each womens specific needs.
Potential Physical Signs & Symptoms
Tiredness & Fatigue
Joint and bone pain (bones become thinner)
Thinning hair/ dull hair
Dry skin/ lips/ eyes
Unusual skin sensations
Potential Psychological Symptoms
Irritability and mood swings
Loss of confidence
Difficulty sleeping/ waking easily or early
Popular Herbal Formula's for support during peri-menopause and menopause
The efficacy and safety of acupuncture in women with primary dysmenorrhea - A systematic review and meta-analysis
Acupuncture for Primary Dysmenorrhea: An Overview of Systematic Reviews
Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Management of Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Trajectories of Response to Acupuncture for Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms: the Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) studyhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5266651/#:~:text=A%20recent%20meta%2Danalysis%20of,lasting%20up%20to%203%20months.&text=These%20studies%2C%20however%2C%20examined%20overall%20mean%20responses%20by%20study%20groups.
Investigation of the role of herbal medicine, acupressure, and acupuncture in the menopausal symptoms: An evidence-based systematic review study